Sandford heritage: have your say

The Sandford Heritage Project has ended and a Sandford Heritage Community Group has been established with the initial aim of applying for funds for future projects. The group is holding a public meeting on Monday 4th February, 7pm, Sandford Community Hall under the theme "Sandford Heritage: what we hope to do with your donations."

Parish Nature Notes for December - John Wright

Have you noticed the lack of berries on many holly trees this winter? This native evergreen has separate male and female plants so, some trees will never bear the red berries we associate with Christmas. However, our wet summer appears to have hindered the flowers from setting much seed and as a result the abundant crops of berries of recent years are unavailable to both resident and winter thrushes this year.

Holly

Your Wildlife Sightings - Autumn 12

It's been a good autumn for Hedgehog sightings from 5 different local reporters. Hedgehogs are one of our most familiar and well liked British mammals. Often seen as 'gardener's friends' with their diet of insects, slugs and caterpillars. Their numbers appear to have declined in recent years. The Sandford Heritage Wildlife Group does not know if they are present in any numbers in Sandford. We are delighted that reports have come in over the last few months so we are a step closer to finding out.

Hedgehog at Night in Sandford

Parish Nature Notes for October - John Wright

As expected in October some days were mild and sunny, others cool and cloudy but in addition there were periods of torrential rain and also cold sunny days accompanied by icy winds from the north. Autumn colours started to develop on some deciduous trees and a bewildering variety of fungi appeared as if by magic.

Fly Agaric

Project celebration and booklet launch

The project comes to an end in December, and we are holding a celebration event on Saturday 20 October, 2-5pm, at Sandford Middle School. The afternoon will begin with a drama production by pupils of Sandford Primary School. The play, The History of Sandford School, tells the story of the first hundred years of the school. It was written by a former head teacher, Jane Johnson, and first performed in the 1980s. José Hedley and Judith Bowie, former teachers at the school, will be producing it.

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